Do you ever feel like cooking meals at home is a part-time job? (If we’re honest, it can feel like a full-time job!) Planning meals, shopping, cutting, chopping, clean up… just the thought of it can be so daunting.
Being overwhelmed with cooking at home is also the main reason we zip through a drive-thru or order take-out, which is undoubtedly the less healthy option.
Lucky for you, I’m here to let you in on a few of my favorite time saving tricks to use in the kitchen so you can enjoy your healthy meals at home.
A few kitchen hacks to save you time and sanity…
- Chopping veggies can be a major time-sucker. Save a slew of time by purchasing your veggies pre-chopped in the produce section at your grocery store — and another trick, load up on your pre-chopped veggies at the salad bar. Many grocery stores have a salad bar that is priced per pound, and loading up a box of pre-cut veggies from the salad bar can cut down on waste and time. You can also purchase frozen produce which has already been washed and prepped.
- Plan your meals for the week ahead of time. Each weekend, take a look at what you have in your kitchen and create a plan of your meals for the week. You can then make your shopping list based on what you’ll need for the week, which will cut down on waste and mindless browsing at the store. (We’ve all been there, right?) Take time one day each weekend to plan your meals and shop, another day to prep and cook and you can have a week’s worth of meals ready to go. “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Benjamin Franklin
- Cook in bulk. This is beneficial for several reasons. For example, roasting a big pan of veggies to use with meals during the week saves loads of time, and also allows you to use the ingredients in different ways. A large pan of roasted veggies could be your side item for one meal, the veggies could be thrown atop a plate of zucchini noodles for pasta the next meal, veggie soup another day, etc. Cook once, use many times. It’s a huge time-saver! You can batch cook beans, grains, dressings, etc.
- Another trick is to clean up your workspace as you go. After you’ve sat down and enjoyed a meal, the last thing you want to do is spend time working in the kitchen again. As much as you can, clean up as you’re cooking, which will leave minimal clean up after you eat. You’ll be glad you did!
Implementing these tips will ultimately save you TIME, MONEY, CALORIES and STRESS! Success doesn’t just happen, it’s planned for!
Let’s get cooking! What new tip will you try in the kitchen this week?
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